Dennis O'Keefe — Telegram file photo
The visit of the MV Silver Whisper of Silversea Cruises on Wednesday will mark the start of the cruise ship season in St. John’s, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said today in a news release.
“The number of cruise visitors continues to strengthen each year and 2013 promises to be another great season as Cruise St. John’s will host almost 26,000 visitors who are expected to arrive on 15 cruise ships, which represents a 25 per cent increase in passengers from last year,” O’Keefe said.
“Vessels from Holland America, Crystal, and Princess Cruise lines will make return visits to St. John’s again this year, while the MS Delphin, National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions and the brand new AIDAbella will make inaugural visits.”
The Silver Whisper is expected to arrive in port on Wednesday at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to visit until 5 p.m.
The second cruise ship of the season will follow on Thursday, May 30, as the Crystal Symphony is scheduled to arrive 8 a.m. and leave 2 p.m.
The Silver Whisper, with 382 passengers, is on a transatlantic New York City to Southampton itinerary which began in New York on May 4. The Crystal Symphony, with 940 passengers, is on a New York to Reykjavik, Iceland, itinerary that begins on May 23.
The season will conclude on Oct. 7 with the Carnival Legend visiting St. John’s.